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Completion of Ploče Gateway Project - reconstruction and construction of a link road to Ploče port and Ploče town



Project beneficiary: Hrvatske Autoceste, limited liability company for operation, construction and maintenance of motorways, Širolina 4, Zagreb

Project goal: Completion of corridor Vc Budapest – Osijek – Sarajevo – Ploče on comprehensive TEN-T network and connecting the town and port of Ploče with motorway A1 Zagreb – Split – Dubrovnik, i.e. Adriatic-Ionian corridor that is part of the core network. 

Project description: Ploče Gateway project is a completion of the Link road between Ploče interchange (A1) and Ploče Port which is finished until Čeveljuša interchange about 350 m from the entrance into the port complex. The link road is aimed at connecting the town and the port of Ploče with A1 motorway Zagreb – Split – Dubrovnik, i.e. Adriatic-Ionian corridor, a part of the core TEN-T network, and motorway A10 B&H border – Metković (A1), which together with A1 section from Metković interchange to Ploče interchange and the link road Ploče interchange (A1) – Ploče port represents a final portion of Vc corridor Budapest – Osijek – Sarajevo – Ploče, classified in TEN-T comprehensive network. 

The project includes: 

  • Continuation of construction of a four-lane expressway route at the entrance into the port complex from km 9+370,00 of the link road Karamatići Frontal Toll Gate  - Ploče Port (project length 490,0 m),
  • A branch to the town of Ploče (link two-lane road of about 403 m) that includes Vranjak 1 railway overpass
  • Relocation and protection of existing utilities, drainage and water protection with culvert under the expressway, Telecom utilities, road lighting, traffic signs and road furniture, landscaping,
  • Three arm north junction catering for main flows into the town (west arm of T-junction), i.e. port of Ploče (south arm of T-junction), and the access to HEP plants (east arm of T-junction).


According the Agreement on cooperation in construction of link roads that was executed between Hrvatske Ceste and Hrvatske Autoceste upon completion of the project the operation and maintenance of the said roads will be responsibility of Hrvatske Ceste.

Project feasibility: Ploče Port is of particular (international) importance for the Republic of Croatia, a port on the comprehensive TEN-T network and pan-European corridor Vc, permanent border crossings for international transport of passengers and goods with inspection services (BIP) and it constitutes an exit/entrance port of cargo transport of B&H and is of particular importance for its economy. Further development of Ploče Port depends on the development of road and railway infrastructure on Vc corridor. Presently, the Ploče port is connected with the RoC motorway network and TEN-T network through the road network of the town of Ploče; however such solution of town entrance does not meet the demands of serviceability and traffic safety and the passing of heavy vehicles through town adversely affects environment and the quality of life. The implementation of this project will enable better connections between the town and the port of Ploče on TEN-T network, removal of bottlenecks, increased capacity and egional accessibility to TEN-T network and other EU countries. 

Implementation period: September 2015 - September 2016

Total project cost: HRK 64,112,884.00 

EU co-financing: HRK 52,275,000.00 from the European Regional Development Fund,Transport Operational Programme (TOP)  2007 - 2013

Contractors: STRABAG AG and SKLADGRADNJA d.o.o.

Expert supervision: Trames Consultants d.o.o. and Ramboll Denmark A/S 

Contact details: Ana Borošak, CEng, Head of Division for Civil Engineering Projects, EU funds
                      Preparation and Procurement

                      Design Department

                      Hrvatske Autoceste d.o.o., Zagreb, Širolina 4
                      Tel: 01 4694 694, E-mail: euprojekti@hac.hr




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